Overview: Programs and Services


Regale In The Ranch Benefits UCP

Indulge your senses with delectable bites, fine spirits and regalewine at a private estate in Rancho Santa Fe by attending the 2nd Annual Regale in the Ranch on Friday, April 25th.

The event is presented by The Beach and Country Guild of Rancho Santa Fe, a hard-working group of women — all volunteers — who actively plan events each year to benefit United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County.

The Guild by-laws call for 100% of the money raised at each event to stay in San Diego County to support the programs and services provided by the two UCP centers in San Diego and Escondido.

The Guild supports UCP's mission to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people affected by cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

“We applaud the continued, successful tradition put forth by the Beach and Country Guild for over 40 years," said Dave Carucci, Executive Director of UCP of San Diego County. "We thank the entire group of caring, talented and dedicated women who make up their membership and who have worked tirelessly. We're truly honored by their ongoing support.”

Click here for more information and tickets to Regale in the Ranch.


Dance Therapy Exercise for All

The Juan Carlos Organization provides a Zumba inspired dance therapy exercise program for individuals with special needs, especially movement challenges due to age or physical limitations. Zumba is a fusion of Latin and international high-energy music juan carlosand moves; the routines are a gentler version of Zumba with combinations of fast and slow aerobic dance movements that tone and sculpt the body.

The organization was founded by Lisbeth Garces in memory of her son, Juan Carlos, who passed away in 1999 at the age of 15. It is the mission of the organization “to strengthen the physical and mental needs of special needs students of all ages through regular participation in joyful dance therapy exercise.” This mission is guided by Lisbeth's connection with her students, who come alive with the Latin and international high-energy music and dance moves. Everyone is welcome, but dancers under 18 should be accompanied by an adult.

The program has built-in incremental routines to support steady improvement of the students. Classes are held at a variety of times, in different locations around San Diego. Click here for the schedule.


Scholarship Opportunity

San Diego Committee for Employment of Persons with Disabilities (SDCEPD) is pleased to announce its 4th annual SDCEPD "Kevin Starks Memorial Scholarship Awards" to promote employment opportunities for persons with disabilities through scholarships for post-high school education and training.

The committee will award 4 one-time $500.00 scholarships to selected San Diego County residents who have a disability as defined under California and/or federal law. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need and academic merit and/or vocational talent. Scholarship applications must be postmarked by Monday, April 21 and the scholarships will be awarded to their school account one week before classes begin.

Click here for additional information.


New Teen and Young Adult Group

UCP San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital invite career and college-bound teens, 14-21, to a newly formed peer group that enjoys social and informational activities. Meetings are held at Ronald McDonald House and other community locations.

For more information, contact Carolina at (858) 576-1700, ext. 5362 or Rhonda at (858) 571-7803, ext. 115.


Equipment Recycling and Funding

UCP accepts and recycles pediatric and adult durable medical equipment to families at no cost. UCP also can help with the purchase of durable medical equipment if no other source of funding is available. Income guidelines and other eligibility criteria apply and there is an application process.

Contact Rhonda Van Eklenberg at (858) 609-7515 to learn more about the equipment UCP has on hand or to donate equipment that you’d like to see recycled and in the hands of families who need it. Rhonda can also explain UCP’s funding assistance and help you to determine whether your equipment needs might qualify for this assistance.

Click here to view currently available equipment.


Donate Your Old Cell Phone To Help UCP

Clean out that junk drawer and help United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County at the same time. UCP has partnered with SecondWave Recycling to provide you with an EASY and FREE way to donate your old cell phones, PDAs and tablets.

SecondWave Recycling is an environmentally secondwaveand socially responsible organization that partners with non-profits to support their fundraising efforts. Old phones may seem useless but they contain valuable, renewable materials that can be used in the next generation of phones.

You can drop off your old cell phones, PDAs and tablets at a UCP Thrift Store in City Heights, Pacific Beach or Chula Vista. You can also click here to print a free USPS pre-paid shipping label or request a free pre-paid envelope. Be sure to designate UCP as your cause.

Properly disposing of your old devices will keep them out of landfills and help people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities by funding UCP's programs and services.


No Limits Walk

The 2013 No Limits Walk, held at De Anza Cove on October 19, was a great day of Music, Food, Fun & Friends — and a resounding success! No limits

This gentle 5k walk/roll around Mission Bay was attended by over 400, and with the help of our corporate sponsors, raised over $35,000.00 to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship for over 7,500 people in San Diego County affected by Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities.

Thanks to all this year's attendees! Your generous support allows UCP to enact real change — to revolutionize care, raise standards of living and create opportunities for persons with disabilities - one person at a time, one family at a time, throughout our community.

Click here to view pictures from the Walk.


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UCP coin canisters are a small but mighty way to raise important funds for program services.

If you know of a local retailer such as a market, convenience store, gas station or fast food establishment where consumers “pay at the register,” please share your contact with our fund development staff by calling (858) 571-5365.

UCP staff and volunteers do all the work by placing, maintaining, and collecting from each location. All merchants have to do is provide a small amount of counter space.


UCP History

UCP of San Diego County has over 55 years of experience serving people with disabilities and their families with many vital and innovative services.

We believe that all people should have the right to live, work and socialize in the community of their choosing. And, we’re working to make that goal a reality.

Working throughout the years to improve services with every step, UCP has program centers in San Diego and Escondido and numerous community based programs serving hundreds of local citizens on a daily basis.

Since its early beginnings, UCP of San Diego County has been committed to maintaining exceedingly high standards as evidenced by its long-standing national accreditation by The Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission (CARF).


Your dollars make a huge difference in the lives of people with Cerebral Palsy.


To our thrift stores, located in Pacific Beach, City Heights and Chula Vista.


Our success depends on the skills, talents, time and energy of our many volunteers.

More Ways To Help

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Look for our coin canisters at your favorite Coco’s, Carrow’s and Original Pancake House locations.

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UCP Thrift Stores offer a unique shopping experience for our customers. We offer gently used products from vintage clothing and accessories to everyday fashions, household items, furniture, and antiques.

Our stores are conveniently located in Pacific Beach, City Heights and Chula Vista.

Locations and Information

Serving San Diego County since 1983, Precision Assembly is a unique business that can help with your bulk mail and assembly needs.

A division of United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County, Precision Assembly offers quality service to customers and training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

The team of instructors and physically-challenged employees are dedicated to putting your needs first.

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Ready Stamps is a unique full service business that can help with stamps, engraving and printing needs.

A division of United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County, Ready Stamps has been providing job training and employment for persons with disabilities since 1982.

As a manufacturer, we can provide quicker, more reliable service at a better price than those who are simply "supplying" marking devices.

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